Thursday, April 02, 2020

Rescue us, plead Indians abroad after Air India flies stranded foreigners

Chennai: Air India’s charter flights from Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi to evacuate stranded foreign nationals have led to a renewed demand from several Indians stranded in the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and Europe for rescue flights to bring them home.

Air India operated a flight from Chennai to Frankfurt via Hyderabad on Tuesday. The evacuation continued on Wednesday, when a Qatar Airways aircraft landed in Chennai to pick up 295 French nationals.

Though international commercial flights have been suspended, special flights by Air India and also foreign airlines have begun to evacuate foreign nationals in the country because of the shutdown.

Seeing the tweets about these flights being operated though India has banned international commercial flights, many have taken to Twitter asking the Union government to rescue them.

A tweet in response to Chennai airport’s post on Air India flight to Frankfurt said: "India is keen on sending passengers who are stranded in India. That too in AirIndia flights. And we Indians stranded around the world are ignored. Use rapid tests for Indian citizens on arrival and put us on quarantine rather than shutting the doors for us. This too shall pass!"

In other tweets, two people have asked about rescue flights for students stranded in France and for Indians in Singapore.

An airport official said that foreign nationals are returning by ferry flights - planes that come to pick up only the stranded - based on the arrangement with those countries.
02/04/20 Times of India
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